Pineau returns to Metz – delays retirement

Allison Pineau will not retire. Instead, she will come back and play for the French giants Metz. The last time she wore their yellow shirt was in 2012
– Life is unpredictable and things don’t go as we imagine, said the 35-year-old in a press release.

Last year, Pineau announced her retirement at the end of the 2023/2024 season. But now, things have changed. The playmaker has signed with the three-time reigning French champions Metz HB.

– My future will continue to be written on the French courts. I am very happy to announce that I will be with Metz and back at the Arènes wearing the Dragonnes jersey for the 2024-2025 season, said Pineau.

Pineau made her international debut for the French national team in 2007 and has since brought home gold medals in the Olympics, World Championships, and European Championships, as well as many other medals. In 2009, she was awarded the title of the best handball player in the world, and she is still the only female French player to receive this honor.

– Allison will bring us her experience, of course, and also a physical density that we felt we had lost a little during the offseason mainly due to Kristina’s departure. The arrival on the back line along with Laura Flippes, Tyra Axner, and Petra Vamos brings us a lot of quality, said Metz head coach Emmanuel Mayonnade.